The iconic ballet slipper is the shoe most commonly affiliated to dance. The traditional unobtrusive slipper, designed specifically for pirouetting and the like has, in recent decades, been inverted and subverted by designers across the fashion industry.
Ballet originated in the 15th century in the Italian courts: from there it disseminated across the continent, blooming into the classical ballet style that we know today. The ballet shoe originally had a heel, which quickly became démodé after Marie Antoinette walked to the guillotine wearing heeled shoes.
From Westwood's Rocking Horse platform to Louboutin's Fetish Ballerina shoe, the slipper has shape-shifted through the decades.
The Rocking Horse Ballerina
After a week of nearly nonstop torrential rain in Paris, it was nice to end Fashion Week with some sunshine. And it seemed like showgoers were just as thrilled, pulling out their brightest and most cheerful clothes in honor of the better weather. No one felt more appropriately happy than Ksenia Chilingarova and Mademoiselle Yulia, who choose coordinating Miu Miu outfits, earning them the last Golden Peacock Award of the season. Between the color, pattern, and texture, they’re the glorious rainbow at the end of gray, depressing storm. If you’re going to close out the month, you have to go big right?
For their Women’s Tales short film series, Miu Miu has asked Chloë Sevigny to direct a short film dealing with femininity in the 21st century. Sevigny chose to portrait stand-up comedienne Carmen Lynch within the neon-lit nighttime surroundings of Portland. The beautiful featurette provides an intimate view into how she deals with the insecurities caused by looks, dreams and absurd mating rituals by relentlessly poking fun at them. Carmen is the 13th movie from the ongoing series which includes short films by directors such as Zoe Cassavetes, Angès Varda and Miranda July.
You can watch Chloë Sevigny’s entire short film here
Phillip Nuveen strives to “obtain the unobtainable” with his handcrafted miniature models – which require a steady hand, painstaking engineering and the patience of a saint. “I think there is something so captivating about how the human mind processes scale. We seem to enjoy things that are above and below the everyday metric that we are used to,” he says. Currently based in New York, Nuveen’s apartment is replete with palm-sized paper iterations of smart shopping bags, shoes and iconic shop fronts – creating a luxurious, Lilliputian world within his own. “A futuristic Chanel boutique sits on my coffee table, and my dream corporate high-rise headquarters greets me every morning on my nightstand!”